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Leaders in conflictBush and Rumsfeld in Iraq$
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Stephen Benedict Dyson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719091704

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719091704.001.0001

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Rumsfeld’s exit strategy

Rumsfeld’s exit strategy

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Leaders in conflict

Stephen Benedict Dyson

Manchester University Press

This chapter covers Iraq policy from June 2004 until mid-2006 from the standpoint of security and of politics, analyzing Bush and Rumsfeld's conceptions of what was necessary and the conflict between these two visions. Paradoxically, Bush and Rumsfeld's worldviews led them to very different conclusions as to what was required, but their styles meant that they did not have a direct debate about these differences. The puzzling U.S. behavior during this period – describing Iraq as central to the war on terror and the spread of democracy, yet simultaneously drawing down forces and planning to leave – is revealed here as a product of the conflict between the visions of Bush and Rumsfeld.

Keywords:   Iraq, Iraq War, George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Insurgency, Freedom Agenda, Democracy Promotion, Foreign Policy

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